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“Coffeecare” — Obamacare at…Starbucks? (A Metaphor)

Who doesn’t love to get coffee at Starbucks, right?

What if the government took that over, as well? What if government forced us to buy coffee the way they now force us to buy health care?  Source:  Fairfax Free Citizen site.

 

 

 

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Comrades, let’s congratulate ourselves. The peasants are buying their bread at our monopoly state stores.  What an achievement!

Blahous: federal government has no viable plan to finance #Obamacare

Jessica Sanford is without ins b/c premiums triple original quote. President bragged 11/13 she showed #ACA working.

Report Finds $1,538 Average Cut For Each Senior In Medicare Advantage Since #ACA.

New data: Number of workers just above 30hrs/wk declines 10%, just below rises 9% in 1st quarter.

The 3.5% #Obamacare exchange fee is more than the insurers’ ‘outrageous’ profits used to be (2%).

Foreign contractors handle Medicaid data work for 11 states; records hacked, safeguards lacking.

Thief’s info could end up on your record, e.g., wrong blood type or allergies could be life-threatening.

Arkansas ‘private option’ Medicaid expansion already showing cost overruns. State on the hook, services at risk.

#Obamacare an insidious, deliberate Dependency Machine. Triple cost of ins w/coverage mandates, then say ‘we’ll help you’

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Obamacare: Hurting Retirement Plans

Comment: It’s an economic maxim that the total cost of employing a worker is what matters to an employer, and it makes the employer no never mind how much is wages, taxes, or benefits.  Costs are costs.  So, if you increase the cost of one benefit, other benefits must suffer. Consequently, firms are spending less on retirement benefits as they shift resources to the health control law (less and less affectionately known as Obamacare).

In other words, “if you liked your retirement…”

“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has affected the current retirement benefits strategy and spending of 43% of U.S. employers, and 45% believe ACA will change their retirement plans in the future, according to a new LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute study.”

“LIMRA reported that of those who believed the ACA has changed their retirement benefits strategy, 55% said they are spending less money on retirement benefits and shifting costs to employees [...]” (emphasis added)

Employers say Obamacare has shifted focus from retirement strategies
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Watch for Obamacare Scams and Frauds Next Year

Comment: Predictably, we will see these scams resurface in future enrollment cycles.

“scammers have set up bogus Web sites intended to look like the law’s new health insurance exchanges, where individuals and small business owners will be allowed to shop for coverage starting on Oct. 1.”

“In threatening e-mails and phone calls, sometimes masquerading as government officials, some scam artists have offered to help individuals avoid tax penalties by signing them up for plans that meet the federal requirements.”

“In Maryland, scam artists have started calling residents claiming they need to verify Medicare ID and Social Security numbers for purposes associated with the health law ….”

“In New York and Florida, meanwhile, scammers have been traveling door-to-door, asking whether individuals currently have health insurance. If not, some individuals have reportedly been threatened with prison time if they do not sign up for coverage on the spot ….”

Using Obamacare as bait, scam artists target consumers and business owners
J.D. Harrison
Washington Post
September 10, 2013

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The failed Oregon exchange has the right to die. We’ll pay for euthanizing it.

The failed Maryland exchange had a duty to die.  It wasn’t sustainable.

CRS memo questions legality of Obama’s unilateral OK’ing of subsidies to off-exchange plans.

Pro-#Obamacare politicians taking money from special interests tied to health insurers.

Insured in name only. NJ docs slam door on #ACA enrollees. Ebony writer suffers 96 rejections.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society says #Obamacare making specialty drugs more expensive “for the sickest patients.”

Class action filed against Nevada exchange for failure to cover enrollees who paid premiums, 10,500 may be affected.

Medicare Advantage cuts nixed after Dems, worried about elections, complain.

Medicaid take-up only 10% of Administration boasts.

Judicial Watch Sues Treasury for Records about Unlawful, Unilateral Delay of “Employer Mandate”

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Belgium: Legislation to Lift All Age Restrictions for Euthanizing Children

Comment: Do you really think that 5-year olds who have not even reached the age of reason can make good decisions, or will be able to withstand pressure from doctors and nurses who want to kill them? And if you’re not aware that euthanasia is now a preoccupation of Belgian health workers, read the final paragraphs of this post.  Euthanasia is spiraling out of control there. If this is what Europeans mean by being ‘more civilized’, you can keep your ‘civilization’ on your side of the pond.

“The Belgian Senate voted today 50-17 to extend euthanasia to children with disabilities, in a move pro-life advocates worldwide had been fearing would come and expand an already much-abused euthanasia law even further.”

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“The vote today in the full Senate comes after a Senate committee voted 13-4 to allow minors to seek euthanasia under certain conditions…No age limit would be set, but the children who are euthanized would have “to possess the capacity of discernment.””

“…While euthanasia is legal in a handful of countries in Europe, Belgium is the first country in the world to lift all age restrictions on the practice.  In 2012, Belgium recorded 1,432 cases of euthanasia – a 25% increase from 2011.”

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““Currently the Belgian euthanasia law limits euthanasia to people who are at least 18 years old. This unprecedented bill would extend euthanasia to children with disabilities,” says Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. “The Belgian Socialist government is adamant that the euthanasia law needs to extend to minors and people with dementia even though there is significant examples of how the current law is being abused and the bracket creep of acceptable reasons for euthanasia continues to grow. The current practice of euthanasia in Belgium appears to have become an easy way to cover-up medical errors.””

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“There is enormous concern about abuses under the expanded euthanasia law.”

“Research conducted by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) in 2010 found that 32% of euthanasia deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium occurred without an explicit request.”

“…Recent studies [in Belgium] indicate that up to 47% of all assisted deaths are not being reported32% of all assisted deaths are being done without request and nurses are killing their patients, even though the law restricts euthanasia to doctors.”

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“Dr Wim Distelmans, who is the leading euthanasia doctor in Belgium has also been the chairman of the Belgium euthanasia commission for more than 10 years, and the commission has been stacked with supporters of the euthanasia lobby.”

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Belgium: Senate Approves Measure Allowing Doctors to Euthanize Children
by Steven Ertelt
12/12/13
http://www.lifenews.com/2013/12/12/belgium-senate-approves-measure-allowing-doctors-to-euthanize-children/

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REPORT FROM THE FRONT LINES: Turning Our Backs On Our Patients

By a practicing General Surgeon in the U.S.

 The Inanity of Electronic Health Records



I wasn’t one of those who wanted to become a physician from a young age. But when later in life my career path led me to the field of medicine, the image I had in mind resembled Sir Luke Fildes’ “The Doctor”. The painting depicts a physician facing his dying patient, a very ill child. 

But if you’ve gotten a checkup lately, you’re probably seeing a different side of your doctor. Touted as a way to improve quality, safety and efficiency, the electronic health record (EHR) is none of those. Rather, it has forced doctors to spend less time facing the patient and more time staring at a computer screen, with their back to the patient as meaningless information gets typed into cold hardware.

 The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, passed in 2009, promised Medicare and Medicaid payment incentives to physicians adopting the new technology. Beginning in 2015 however, those who do not adopt EHRs will be penalized, essentially mandating their use as physicians already struggle with progressively reduced reimbursement. Hospitals and private practice providers who participate in Medicare/Medicaid have slowly adopted the new technology and are now seeing its unintended consequences.

 Before the era of third-party payers, the ‘old-fashioned’ paper chart was the way doctors painted their patient’s story. It was an insight into the thoughts, decisions and difficulties the doctor encountered in figuring out a diagnosis, planning treatment or managing complications. It was a daily log of the patient’s progress through their disease. The most memorable and most effective chart notes I remember from my training were those that my attending physician wrote in a sort of prose, where I was able to see the patient in my mind’s eye as I was reading. The paper chart retained the uniqueness of the patient.

 While the EHR is chock-full of information, very little of it actually carries meaning to the physician and patient. For the physician or consultant trying to sift through the mandated, pre-determined data fields to gain insight into the patient, it is virtually useless as patients become indistinguishable. The patient’s story is lost in the cold, hard data rather than warm, colorful prose. Unfortunately, the doctor and patient have been driven further apart in the name of compliance. Rather than focusing on the patient, today’s doctors are forced to focus on the third-party payer through the flat artificial screen while turning their backs on the ones who they truly want to help.

[For the connection between EHRs and Obamacare, see Really? Obamacare Asks About Your Sex Life?]

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Tibetan proverb sums up #Obamacare: Beware of honey offered on a sharp knife.

46M, 46M, 46M uninsured. That’s all we heard. So where are they? Stayed away in droves. Mr. Obama, we don’t want your candy.

With #Obamacare, Dems own entire healthcare system and everything that goes wrong with it.

Dems admit fault by proposing rules to constrain narrow networks, but costs will rise.

Premium hikes will outstrip subsidy increases.

Convicted international terrorist hired as navigator in Illinois.  Legislator calls for oversight, audit of 1,200-employee $36M program.

Exchange workers can’t answer simple questions.

“Waiting in line to purchase necessities is a characteristic … of command economies under repressive regimes.”

HHS Mandate chemicals carry risk of heart attack, stroke, bleeding, inflammation, miscarriage, cancer – some fatal.

Federal Register filing shows HHS mandate is about “gender equity” and radical feminism, not birth control or healthcare



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U.K. Single-Payer Nightmare: Desperate Man Amputates Own Hand

Comment: 16 years of inhuman suffering, ignored by his country’s system, drove this man to desperate measures. Equally tragic, even his desperate measures didn’t bring him relief.  Is this what you want America?

“A man tried to end years of pain from an old road accident by chopping off his own hand – with a homemade guillotine.”

“Desperate Mark Goddard, 44, says he performed the gruesome DIY operation when doctors refused to amputate the limb.”

Newton Abbot man chopped off his hand with homemade guillotine to ‘reduce pain’

Western Morning News | Posted: March 28, 2014

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